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A shooting at a house party in Wilmington, North Carolina, left at least three people dead and four wounded, authorities said early Saturday morning.

Police say the incident happened around midnight at 7th and Kidder Street in Wilmington.

“There was a house party that was taking place inside of a house,” Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams says. “At least seven people inside were shot and three are deceased. They are not being identified until the next of kin has been notified.”

“We do not feel the general public is in any danger at this time and we are working to get suspects identified,” Williams continued. He also said there was no clear motive for the shootings.

There has been an uptick in violent crimes in the Wilmington area over the past year.

In a press conference held last month, Wilmington Police said they confiscated 91 guns in the 30 days, 59 of those are related to criminal cases. Some believe this is mostly due to the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.